public works

The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees is celebrating National Public Works Week this week, May 17-23, in an effort to honor the vital and often overlooked work that public works crews do to keep the community operational. National Public Works Week is organized by the American Public Works Association in an effort to educate the general public about the value and necessities of public works in the planning, building, managing and operating of vital services in a community 

For example, locally, Cedaredge crews make sure streets are cleared of snow for school busses taking our kids to school in the winter months. They treat our water and maintain a state-of-the-art treatment facility, ensuring citizens have access to clean drinking water. Public works crews also handle the dirty work that no one really wants to think about, but which is absolutely necessary: the wastewater (sewer) treatment facility. They also maintain and rebuild our streets and sidewalks, often doing so on extremely limited budgets.

“Public works crews are frontline heroes, and are often overlooked for their contributions to our community,” said Mayor Raymond F. Hanson. The Cedaredge Public Works department is comprised of Director Jerry Young and staff members Rod Ullery, Cruz Alejandre, Luis Luna, Jake Urich, Randy Bodwell, Don Kunhs, Garrett Reed, Clinton Smith and Cliff Payne.

The theme of this year’s national event is The Rhythm of Public Works," encouraging citizens to think about the community as a symphony of essential services, working in concert create a great place to live. Every community has a rhythm, a heartbeat that reflects its essence and tempo of life. The Public Works department keeps our community’s rhythm moving by providing an orchestra of infrastructure services in transportation, water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment, public buildings and spaces, emergency management and first response, solid waste, and right-of-way management. Public Works provides the harmony needed for collaboration with all the stakeholders in capital projects, infrastructure solutions and quality of life services.

Mayor Hanson issued a proclamation designating this week Public Works Week, and community members are invited to share their appreciation by either posting on the Town’s Facebook page or by emailing Director Jerry Young at